Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald Walker announced a $5 million proposal Monday for the 2017 budget to combat rising unemployment rates. PHOTO BY KELSEY CRONIN/DFP FILE PHOTO

Baker-Polito to address unemployment among minorities

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, along with members of the Task Force on Persons Facing Chronically High Rates of Unemployment and the Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker II, proposed a plan Monday to tackle high unemployment rates within the commonwealth’s minority populations. The initiative includes a $5 million investment aimed at creating a statewide public workforce system, according to […]

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Boston city councilors Josh Zakim and Tito Jackson filed a public hearing order on Wednesday in response to an open letter written by Mission Hill and Roxbury residents about their concerns with the Northeastern University police's use of “tactical rifles." PHOTO BY MADISON GOLDMAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Councilors Zakim and Jackson file hearing order regarding Northeastern University Police Department

Boston City Councilors Josh Zakim and Tito Jackson filed a hearing order Monday to discuss Northeastern University’s decision to arm its police officers with semi-automatic assault rifles, according to a Monday press release. Prior to filing for a hearing, the councilors wrote a letter to Northeastern President Joseph Aoun Dec. 10 expressing their concern about the matter. The letter condemns […]

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Brookline Police Chief Daniel O’Leary debriefs press about the two people shot and one stabbed Wednesday morning at 198 St. Paul St. and 75 Harvard St. in Brookline. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Two shot, one stabbed in Brookline, BU students alerted

An altercation in Brookline Wednesday morning resulted in the shooting of two people and the stabbing of another, Brookline Police Chief Daniel O’Leary said in a statement to the press. The three male victims, who were found at two separate locations, were both in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon. “It is very rare that this happens,” O’Leary said. “Our […]

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced new initiatives Friday that will allocate $83.5 million to improve career education programs in Massachusetts. PHOTO BY KELSEY CRONIN/DFP FILE PHOTO

Baker-Polito announces $83.5 million for career vocational technical education

Advocating for an increase in high-quality career education programs for Massachusetts citizens, the Baker-Polito Administration announced Friday an $83.5 million for career vocational technical education, according to a Friday press release. The funding for the 2017 fiscal year budget will be coupled with a substantial capital grant program for vocational equipment to further show the administration’s interest in developing local […]

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Labor and Work Force Development secretary Ronald Walker II said in a Thursday press release,“The Commonwealth’s strong job gains in 2015 reflect the strength and diversity of our economy.” GRAPHIC BY RACHEL CHMIELINKSKI/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Massachusetts experienced massive job growth in 2015

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released data Thursday stating that Massachusetts experienced the best job growth in 2015 since 2000. Unemployment in Massachusetts declined from more than half a percent from 5.3 to 4.7 percent from the start to end of 2015, according to a Thursday press release. The national unemployment average has also fallen from 5.6 […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced a new online tool, Vision Zero Boston Transportation Safety Concerns Map, which streamlines the ability to report locations where MassDOT riders feel unsafe. PHOTO ABIGAIL FREEMAN/DFP FILE PHOTO

Mayor Walsh Announces Vision Zero Boston’s Safety Concerns Map

Mayor Martin Walsh announced the introduction of the Vision Zero Boston’s Safety Concerns Map at a press conference Friday. The map will allow residents to “identify locations where they have concerns regarding transportation safety,” a Friday press release stated. In the release, Walsh encouraged residents to visit Vision Zero Boston’s website and to document their concerns. “The Safety Concerns Map […]

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Boston University’s 2015 Annual Report highlights the efforts to overcome challenges it faces with funding research. GRAPHIC BY RACHEL CHMIELINKSKI/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

BU’s research challenges, achievements emphasized in Annual Report

Boston University released the 2015 Annual Report Tuesday, which highlighted the university’s overcoming challenges amid an “unsettled research environment.” Introduced to the BU community through an email from BU President Robert Brown, the report mentioned efforts to tackle hurdles in research funding. Federal funding for research became more challenging in recent years, Brown wrote in the email. Federal government spending […]

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BU students voice concerns over lack of accessibility to transportation following the announcement of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s plans to cut the late night weekend T service Tuesday. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BRIAN SONG/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Students express disagreement to potential cut of MBTA’s late-night service

As the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority considers cutting its late-night service due to low ridership and high operating costs, Boston University students express concern to the late-night service’s potential restriction. Cutting late-night service aims to reduce the system’s $242 million deficit, according to a statement released earlier this month. MBTA officials will continue to hold public meetings through January and […]

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The Communications Immersion Program, a program at BU that aids in connecting Chinese students with their peers through an online portal is now expanding to reach all international students. ILLUSTRATION BY LEXI PLINE/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Online communication program to expand, adjust international students

Boston University’s College of Communication will expand its Communications Immersion Program this year to help accepted international students in the COM graduate program adjust to American classrooms, said David Cotter, the assistant dean of graduate affairs. The free program, founded in 2014 as part of BU’s Digital Learning Initiative, was initially designed to provide Chinese students a six-week online academic […]

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Campus Crime Logs Jan. 18 – 24

The following reports were taken from the Boston University Police Department crime logs from Jan. 18 to Jan. 24.  Jacket stolen from 915 Commonwealth Ave. A male student reported his jacket was stolen Jan. 18 from a coat rack on the first floor of the Fitness and Recreation Center on 915 Commonwealth Ave. at 9:32 p.m. Marijuana use reported at […]

by Alyssa Meyers· · 0 comments · Campus, News